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Where the Rubber Meets the Road

Jordan Young '21

The grueling brigade formal inspection has concluded. Months of preparation have come to fruition. Nervous tension rips through the brigade as the Brigade Leadership tallies the final scores. Joe Vascellaro sweats buckets under his blouse coat. Next to him, Alex Remmick shakes nervously. All of them wait in anticipation for the announcement…

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STA’s Unsung Heroes

Sam Trammell '22

Here at Saint Thomas Academy, we are very good at recognizing outstanding achievements. From National Merit scholars to varsity athletes, there is no shortage of talent at STA. However, there are also many other talented, passionate individuals that go unrecognized for their efforts and hard work every day. We asked 6 teachers to share a short anecdote about a student who did something that impressed them during class.

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Remembering Two Legends: The Retirements of Mr. Ziebarth and Chief Preblich

Jack Sexton '21

At Saint Thomas Academy, teachers are remembered for their efforts during their time at the Academy. For example, Mr. Rongitsch has a faculty award in his name. Furthermore, each middle school house is named after a former faculty member. Unfortunately, this year we will be saying goodbye to two of these greats, Mr. Ziebarth and Chief Preblich, who announced that they will be retiring after this school year.

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Pain is Temporary; Love is Forever

Charlie Steel '21

There are few things less desirable than jumping into a freezing cold swimming pool at six in the morning. This is a time of day where the sun is well below the horizon and swimmers are the only cars in the parking lot. Despite many early mornings and a year of unprecedented challenges, love for one another and for this program ultimately allowed this team to defy the odds and to finish as a family and a brotherhood.

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In the Lime Light: Sweet Land the Musical

Chris Peters '21

VISTA Productions will be taking on a new challenge this spring, filming and producing Sweet Land. After Covid canceled last year's Spring production of Newsies, the cast and crew are excited to tackle this new challenge.

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Yenika Fondungallah's Senior Speech

Yenika Fondungallah '21

Freedom. It’s something that we all chase--something we all strive to gain and or acquire. Properly defined as “the power or right to act, speak, or think as one wants without hindrance or restraint”. My sense of freedom has always been something that I hold in the highest importance to my identity and evolution as a person. (…)

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Miracles on Ice

Andrew Walsh '21

“Brrrrr!” As the Minnesota winter temperatures plummeted the excitement for the upcoming hockey season skyrocketed. But would this season be different? Covid had already restricted fall outdoor sports, and many were unsure of how the pandemic would impact the indoor season. When the season started in January--with mask and locker room restrictions--there was a cloud of uncertainty. Fortunately, the players adapted quickly and found their stride.

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Daniel Staelgraeve's Senior Speech

Daniel Staelgraeve '21

In your time as a Cadet, you will listen to over 2,400 minutes of senior speeches - that’s over 40 hours. 40 hours of listening to what your peers have to say… should be simple, right? Well, I challenge you to list 10 notable senior speeches and what they were about. Can’t do it? I probably can’t either. That’s not to say, however, that there weren’t notable senior speeches. The problem, I’ve found, is not with the content of these speeches, but with our ability to listen. The instant something stops becoming relatable or goes against what we believe or simply becomes boring, we begin to tune it out.

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BFI: The Boys March On

Sam Trammell '22

The anticipation in the air is palpable as each company waits their turn outside of Holtz Gymnasium to be inspected by a group of Marines. They march in, stand at attention, and have every detail of their uniform inspected by the military men and women. After this nerve-wracking ordeal, they go back to their platoon rooms, happily chatting through their black uniform masks.

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